by: George A. Yesthal
There was a time when a patriot was a country’s chief asset. In some countries it still holds true, Switzerland for instance. In America the word once defined who we are, but now it seems to stand for the lunatic fringe. Why?
Webster’s still carries the same meaning.
pa·tri·ot [pey-tree-uht, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uht]
1.a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
2.a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
Nowadays, while I am still proud to call myself a patriot, I feel a bit of a twinge when I do so. It seems that half the time when someone uses the word, it is said with sarcasm and air quotes, denoting a radical bent.
I sat in my doctor’s waiting room and couldn’t help overhearing these two women talking about a neighbor. “Oh he’s off playing soldier again. He goes out six times a year and him and a bunch of his cronies play war games. He’s a ‘patriot’ (air quotes), ya know. Got American flag stickers on his vehicles, like he has to remind himself, or us where he lives.”
Obviously the fellow belonged to some militia group and these two old biddies chose to demean him for it. And the sad part is, their snide attitude is the norm, not the exception.
Ever since our government got the attitude that they, and only they, should hold the patent on defense, they have been promoting the idea that those who endeavor to be prepared for the worst, are inflicted with some sort of mania. It doesn’t take an analyst to recognize that there is something wrong with a government that doesn’t want all the qualified help they could get in the event that there was need. They’ve been bending principles for so long that they’ve ceased to be principles at all and anyone speaking of the government’s part in it are traitors and lunatics.
So why then, would they demonize and vilify these patriots to the point where they create and promote, at considerable expense, a smear campaign that erupts into events like Ruby Ridge and Waco. They forced those issues and it turned out tragically, just so they could say, “see what this kind of behavior brings?”
People are so brainwashed and indoctrinated that they can’t relate to the concept of being prepared for the eventuality that their own government might turn on the. They respond to the very suggestion with the response that, “it’s impossible. The government are the good guys.” And they’ll stand by that decision even if it means admitting that they, themselves are the bad guys if they think that way. When your government can foster such misguided devotion, there is something wrong and it’s as dangerous to we the people as it gets.
We have now unprecedented instances of politicians, the president chief among them, overstepping their authority, using executive orders as if they were of no consequence and with impunity. The mayor of New York City suddenly just tells the medical profession, doctors, hospitals what they can and can’t prescribe for pain. He tells New Yorkers what they can eat and drink. He may be the mayor of one of the world’s major cities, but at the end of the day he is simply a mayor.
Maybe the critics of patriotism are right. Maybe patriots are a thing of the past because I see very few of us stepping up to say, “This is enough.” There is no more representation of a dissatisfied populace, meaning that the few decent politicians like Ron and Rand Paul, Gary Johnson and Justin Amash can’t get anything done. The Democrats blame the Republicans and vice versa and they are in it together. They put on a well-rehearsed show and convince the idiot public through smooth political jargon and hyperbole, that there is some difference between parties, making those who would really make a difference seem like crazy men. But while people are gullible and stupid, they still ask, “why can’t congress get anything done?”
The answer is that most of the six hundred odd members of Capital Hill are beholden to big money interests and they are all in the same pockets and it’s called collusion.